Basketball: Oconto Falls’ Albrecht lands on NEC girls second team

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Oconto Falls’ Manns, Schoen make boys honorable mention team
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Oconto Falls’ Kari Albrecht, left, dribbles towards the hoop in a North Eastern Conference matchup against Fox Valley Lutheran on Dec. 7. Albrecht was recently named to the all-conference second team. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Oconto Falls’ Jo Schoen, right, spots up for a 3-pointer in a North Eastern Conference battle against Clintonville on Nov. 30. Schoen and teammate Mitchell Manns were both recently named to the all-conference honorable mention team. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Using a balanced approach and strong defensive play, the Oconto Falls High School girls basketball team enjoyed a solid season in the North Eastern Conference. Recently, three players were recognized for their play on the court.

Panthers’ junior Kari Albrecht was placed on the all-conference second team, while senior Sammy Shallow and junior Natalie Brauer were each named honorable mentions.

Albrecht was the team’s top scorer, averaging 10.4 points across the 18-game conference portion of the season.

“It’s an honor to receive an individual award, especially in our conference that is filled with great athletes,” Albrecht said. “In the beginning of the season, we as a team set goals. But on top of that, I set my individual goals. And I’m happy to say that I met those goals, so it feels great.”

In conference play, Albrecht also accumulated 78 rebounds and 41 steals.

Shallow averaged about six points per conference game but filled other roles for the Panthers.

She grabbed a team-leading 84 rebounds and dished out a team-high 56 assists.

“As a senior, to be recognized for my hard work and dedication to my team, my friends, and to being who I am leaves me with great satisfaction knowing that I have fulfilled my role as a team leader,” Shallow said. “I feel that I have left it all on the court and will have no regrets because I gave my all.”

Brauer was a consistent contributor for Oconto Falls this season.

Brauer averaged over six points while grabbing a total of 77 rebounds in conference action.

“Being named (to the) all-conference honorable mention team makes me feel that all the work that I’ve put in is starting to pay off,” Brauer said. “It is a great honor to be noticed by other high school coaches. Being that our conference is pretty difficult, that makes it even more of an accomplishment.”

Oconto Falls finished with a 12-12 overall record and solid 8-10 mark in NEC play. Including Shallow, the Panthers must replace five seniors from this year’s team.

Boys

While the Oconto Falls High School boys basketball team failed to string many wins together in North Eastern Conference play, the team would always be in it until the final buzzer.

The Panthers’ competitive play on the court didn’t go unnoticed, as senior Jo Schoen and junior Mitchell Manns were each honored with spots on the all-conference honorable mention team.

Manns was the Panthers’ top scoring threat on most nights. He finished the 18-game conference slate of games averaging 12 points per contest.

“It means a lot to be get honorable mention and be noticed by all the coaches,” Manns said. “This gives me confidence and motivates me to work harder next year and hopefully get second or first (team).”

Manns also had a strong year on the defensive end of the court, finishing with 26 steals in conference play. He also totaled 65 rebounds and 33 assists.

Schoen enjoyed a strong second half of the season, eventually helping Oconto Falls upset Brillion in the first round of the postseason.

“To be named to the all-conference honorable mention team is an honor,” Schoen said. “There was a lot of great competition and competitors in the conference this year, and to be recognized among them is a special feeling. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into the season both individually and team-wise, so to be honored for the hard work is a great feeling.”

Schoen averaged just under 10 points per game in conference action. He scored 26 points in a clash with Waupaca on Feb. 16.

Schoen converted over 36 percent of his field goal attempts, while making about 75 percent of his free throw attempts.

Oconto Falls, which finished 5-19 overall and 2-16 in conference, will need to replace seven seniors from this year’s roster.